‘Singing To Strangers’ is Jack Savoretti’s stylish new album and his most ambitious to date, his sixth studio effort is a lush, orchestrated, shamelessly romantic opus that doesn’t hold back. It’s 12 years since Savoretti released his debut album ‘Between The Minds’ and Jack puts his new album’s vibe down to his European background and all the passionate blood coursing through his veins. “It’s atmospheric, it’s melancholic . . . it’s my Italian DNA,” he says“I also think it’s to do with me growing up by the sea. I wanted the songs to have gravitas so I started listening to a lot of cinematic Italian and French music including Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson.”
Two co-writes on the album are amongst the highlights. “Touchy Situation” was co-written with Bob Dylan. Yes you read that right, Bob Dylan! A contact of Jack’s American manager had some old Dylan lyrics and he was fine with Jack writing music to them. It may have been because he’d heard Jack’s cover of the Dylan rarity ‘Nobody ‘Cept You’ on ‘Written In Scars’ – a song Jack found in Jackson Browne’s studio. The other collaboration was the Kylie Minogue cowrite "Music’s Too Sad Without You" which appears as a live version recorded in Venice.
‘Singing To Strangers’ was produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra), the album follows Jack’s last two gold discs ‘Written in Scars’ (2014) and ‘Sleep No More’ (2016) and was recorded in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s studio, the 12 track album features Jack’s acclaimed live band: guitarists Pedro Vito and Sam Lewis; bassist Sam Davies, drummer Jesper Lind and musical director Nikolai Torp on keys.“Lucikly Morricone’s studio is in the basement of this huge church so it was cooler,” Jack says. “And the atmosphere down there was essential and that was captured on ‘Candlelight’, which became the calling card of the album."
As for the title track Jack explains it’s origin: “That’s my job: I sing to strangers. That’s what I’ve spent most of my life doing. Singing to friends and family and fans; they’re already onside, so you can, to some extent sing anything. Strangers need convincing, touching, connection.”